Kicking the Stimulus

Smokers are three times more likely to kick the habit for at least six months when they are paid up to $750 (£520), a new study has found.

Nearly 900 General Electric workers took part in the test across 85 US sites. The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

GE will launch a similar scheme in 2010 for all US employees, believing it will be cost-effective in the long term.

A certain blogger once expressed great skepticism that such plans could work. In related news, Ted owes Ray $12,400 as of Jan. 29.


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